There's very little doubt among the Michigan faithful that the Wolverines have secured an incredible class for 2013.
They've landed their quarterback of the future in Shane Morris. Michigan has also received verbal commitments from five great offensive linemen including Patrick Kugler, Logan Tuley-Tillman, David Dawson, Chris Fox and Kyle Bosch.
The team received a commitment from the running back and fullback tandem of DeVeon Smith and Wyatt Shallman respectively.
All of the players listed are consensus four and five star recruits by all major recruiting websites.
I could certainly go on, but I'd be preaching to the choir, wouldn't I?
As I've written before, one of Michigan's weaknesses in this class has been at wide receiver. Csont'e York is rated three stars by all major recruiting websites while Jaron Dukes is rated three stars by some sites while others have him rated four stars.
After this season, Roy Roundtree will graduate.
Drew Dileo does a pretty good job catching footballs, but he's not going to be anymore of a threat than a slot receiver.
The same could be said about Jeremy Gallon.
Freshman Amara Darboh has a huge opportunity this season to establish himself as a threat down field for years to come.
The rest of the existing wide receivers have either no playing experience or they're not good enough to be starters.
This is why Michigan must absolutely land Laquon Treadwell. A talent like Shane Morris is only as effective as his receivers let him be.
Treadwell is rated four stars by every major recruiting service. He's tall at 6'3", but is also explosive running with the football.
Needless to say, he's a superb player who will only get better for his senior season. He's just the player Morris would love to throw to and as a result, put points on the scoreboard.
I'll be the first to say that stars aren't everything. Player development and personnel choices also matter, but getting the best players in the country to commit to a university will certainly help your cause for a national title (see Alabama last season).
While there are other receivers the Wolverines have offered who are equally as talented, Michigan seems like a long shot to land many of them including James Quick, Robert Foster and Jordan Cunningham.
Wayoffbase.net recently quoted Treadwell on his recruiting status.
I think a decision is going to come faster now,” Treadwell said. “I’m anxious to make a decision. I've been going through it for the longest. It’s probably going to happen sooner than later. Like once football gets kicked off, I’ll see where things are going and everything.
(Michigan) said there’s one spot left and they’re going to wait on me to see what decision I’m going to make,” the Rivals.com’s No. 5 receiver and No. 31 overall prospect told Webb. “They”ll hold the spot. I haven’t really told the coaches I was coming up (for a return visit).I've just been talking to Shane (Morris) and all those guys (about coming up) and just trying to get up to hang with them. Khalid (Hill) is talking about playing basketball with some of the other recruits…just getting used to hanging around them and everything.
Let's hope Michigan can gain a verbal commitment from this very talented wide receiver.